I hope that you all enjoyed a wonderful half term break and maximised some good quality family time. The weather was slightly disappointing, and the news of a second lockdown even more so for many people. However, we are relishing the time back at school, and the chance to maintain the momentum we have in school with the children. In my assemblies this half term, I am focussing on the theme of global awareness. Understanding our place in the world can help bring some healthy perspective, gratitude and excitement for the possibilities we all have beyond this strange time.
The idea behind global awareness is to create global citizens who are open to those raised in different countries, cultures and religious settings. In school, it’s an opportunity to open pupils’ eyes to how everyday decisions in their own lives can impact the lives of people around the globe. Over the next few weeks, we will explore social, political, economic and cultural differences around the world and gain a better understanding of ourselves through understanding others. As Martin Luther King Junior said: “We have inherited a large house, a great world house in which we have to live together”.
This week I visited our fabulous Forest school, and it was a real treat to see one of our Reception classes embracing the great outdoors. Isla and Olivia proudly showed me their first campfire built beautifully by Mrs Bailey, and excellent safety awareness by the use of the ‘respect’ position. I was delighted to take my turn with the ‘talking stick’ and share what I had enjoyed and what I’d like to do next time. Hopefully, they’ll stick to their offer of an invite for pizza wraps on the fire later in the term!
It’s exciting to be planning some fun activities and events in the lead up to Christmas. I look forward to seeing everyone dressed head to toe in spots next Friday, and we will soon be detailing news of Christmas events for the children which we will be videoed where possible and shared with you.
Thank you again to every member of the community who is making additional efforts to embrace the tightened measures that this second lockdown requires. To the Estates Team for their immense hard work over the half term break, ensuring that we can manage the drop-off and pick up on weatherproof facilities. To the Admin Team, teaching, support and catering staff for showing incredible resilience and positivity in the face of the new challenges that we encounter each day. And finally, to you and the children for also remaining optimistic and being patient with changing information regarding senior school exams and other aspects of school life. I hope that you embrace the simplicity that lockdown will bring this weekend and enjoy the small pleasures that staying at home can bring.